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MP3 skyblynde - the national ep

ultra-melodic rock at its very best. listen.

4 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: Beatles-pop

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The National EP is the long-awaited debut project from the Tulsa band, skyblynde.

Skyblynde is hook-laden, vibe-alicious, melodic rock. Think the Beatles, Foo Fighters, and Wilco gently assaulting your ears all at once.

Greg Hyde (vocals, guitar), a Tulsa native recently re-established in Chicago, has performed alongside the likes of Monte Montgomery, Hanson, Kings X, members of the Galactic Cowboys, and Rusti Love, performed on the Mancow morning show in Chicago, and written songs for other artists and award winning independent films*. He also thinks the Apollo moon landing was faked.

A former touring and session guitarist, Hyde recently decided to step out on his own. The result was skyblynde. Don''t bother asking what it means. The result is a sly, devilish smirk, and in a mock British accent (as though channeling Keith Richards), his reply of "well, what does it mean to you, man?"

Hyde enlisted the help of some fellow session musicians, and the band performed for the first time ever on Tulsa''s most notable rock station, 97.5fm KMOD (Clear Channel) completely live, during rush hour traffic. The response was overwhelming.

Hyde continued the momentum by recording an EP with Matt Talbott, formerly of HUM (most known for their 90''s hit "Stars" from their RCA Records You''d Prefer an Astronaut album) in Champaign, Illinois. The first single, "Crush" has received consistent radio play on all 3 of Tulsa''s rock stations, has been added to the regular rotation on Rogers State University''s college station, PopBang! Radio''s internet broadcast, and a prominent rock station in Sweden (go figure).

Now calling Chicago home, Hyde is setting out to make skyblynde a household name. As of now, you can catch him performing solo acoustic shows in the Chicago area that rock like early Van Halen with John Bonham on drums and that spongy-armor wearing guy from Gwar doing "All You Need is Love" - all in one guy and his acoustic guitar.

*4 songs selected for use in Sam & Janet
- Winner, Best Picture - New York International Independent Film Festival

The 4 songs on The National EP are a diverse collection of rock. From the brit-rock saturated anthematics of "Send It On Home", to the power-pop onslaught of "Crush", to the Beatlesque "Better Than Ten", and concluding with the full-throttle rock pulse of "Last Time", the disc is the model of rock''s versatility.


"You guys sound like the Beatles on crack." - Duane Trower, Columbia Records recording artist

REVIEW from August, 2004 VOX Magazine:

Tulsa rocker, Skyblynde, offers up first-class pop rock on their debut, "The National EP". Centered on accessible song arrangement and big choruses, the disc is a culmination of seasoned songwriting and near-perfect melodic rock primed for the masses. The four-song EP gives off a wide array of impressions...

"Send It On Home" recalls the faint hint of Oasis in the sing-along chorus and infectious guitar hooks backed by simple acoustics. Gregory Hyde''s vocals and guitar work are genuine in their faithfulness to the song, and add more by keeping it simple. It''s the ideal song to introduce the band.

The second track, "Crush", builds pleasantly first with bells and tambourines, finally climbing to a lively rock romp with Hyde singing, "It''s funny how it sometimes seems your worst nightmare is the girl of your dreams", alongside stellar harmony vocals. The playful rhythm of the song presents the needed variety for such a small collection of music with "Better Than Ten" slowing things down just after.

The final track, "Last Time", is a driving closing number. It''s the heaviest song on the disc, and I can only imagine how well it plays live. The song kicks ass - plain and simple.

Hyde''s production work is clean and free of clutter. Skyblynde sounds live, a little raw, and very real. They''ve got the EP done for now, so I guess we''ll be seeing a full-length recording soon. If this is any indication, it should be very solid.

-Sean Ridenour
Music Editor, VOX Magazine

REVIEW from Urban Tulsa:

...a heavy rock record with a dreamy, sensitive side.

Opening track "Send it on Home" sounds like Oasis if the Gallagher brothers had been a little less egotistical. Big, cloudy guitars surround a basic rock rhythm, while Hyde sings a melody reminiscent of a U2 tune from the mid-''90s. "Crush" starts things off a bit softer, with Greg sleepily relaying a tale of a girl who''s less than content with her life. Soon the tune erupts into a loud, distortion-swamped head-banger. "Better Than Ten" employs the classic lyrical narrative of a would-be pop star, and is one of the more laid back songs on the EP. But that doesn''t stop Hyde from turning up the feedback on his guitar for a distorted lullaby effect. Closing track "Last Time," a Catherine Wheel-ish rocker, hits harder than any of the other songs while still keeping things dreamy.

With a sound that marries Oasis pop vibes to London''s blissful, noisy shoegazer genre, Skyblynde veers from what you''d normally expect out of a pack of Tulsa rockers. And with a name like Skyblynde, who knows, maybe they''re destined to catch on in England. - M. G.


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Best Bass in Pop/Rock, week of 30Aug2004
Best Melody overall, week of 6Sep2004
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Track of the Day on 12Jul2004 in Pop/Rock
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